La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France. We chose it while on the road, moving home, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, that is back in Ireland.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Intermittent Fasting - 5:2 - Part One

Continuing from my previous post about diet here

I started lowering our calorie intake Friday after our visit to the doctor.
On Sunday, however, I started the prep for the fast. During the week I had bought a humongous watermelon.
Hack it to pieces is what I did.  What better way to brighten up your day than a lovely fresh and colourful fruit salad, eh ?
A very ripe and juicy mango was next, and a few of halved grapes.

Fruit salad for Monday and Tuesday

Made 4 portions. Mine 85 cals, Bert's 135 cals

85 calories
  • 100 gr watermelon (36 cal)
  • 1/4 mango  (16 cal)
  • 33 gr grapes  (50 cal)
135 calories
  • 150 gr watermelon
  • 1/4 mango
  • 66 gr grapes
I squeezed some lemon juice (which didn't have calories - wink wink) over the portions and stored them in separate containers in the fridge.

Sushi rolls for Monday

Made 2 rolls for each of us.  With salmon for Bert, prawns for me.
I cooked 250 gr of sushi rice. Whoops ! Mistake number one. Too many calories.
Oh well, never mind.

519 calories
  • 125  grs sushi rice (429 cals)
  • 100 grs of cooked and shelled prawns (90 cals)
  • 2 sheets of nori
  • a few strips of spring onion, cucumber, red pepper
  • a dash of rice vinegar
674 calories
  • 125 grs sushi rice (429 cals)
  • 120 grs cooked salmon (245 cal)
  • 2 sheets of nori
  • a few strips of spring onion, cucumber, red pepper
  • a dash of rice vinegar
Note I didn't do a calorie count for the nori, veg, etc.  I didn't see the point after going way over with the other ingredients.
We both had a cup of miso soup and our fruit salad, which made our first day not perfect. Bert 837 calories and I had 631.

I made soup on Monday to eat the next day.

Carrot and celeriac soup

650 calories in total
  • 550 gr carrots, chopped (250 cal)
  • 300 gr celeriac, chopped (110 cal)
  • 170 gr onions, chopped (75 cal)
  • 1 clove of garlic (15 cal)
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil (200 cal -whoops, again)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp ground coriander seeds
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • seasoning
  • water
In hindsight I didn't really need oil for the soup, so I could have saved some calories for something else. You live and learn.
The yield of soup was 1 liter each, which gave us 325 cals each.

My total for Tuesday was 500 calories. I added an extra 90 to my fruit salad with watermelon.
Bert's total was 583 calories as he had some cereal in the morning with milk (123 cals) - and I think he has been picking on some grapes when passing the fruit bowl.

OMG I am becoming a calorie bore !

Next fasting starts Monday the 20th
What to keep in mind :
  1.  Don't use carbs such as rice on the fasting days. It doesn't leave room for anything else to eat.
  2. One mug of soup should suffice, plus solid foods.  It was wrong (for me) to eat nothing but soup and fruits.  My bowels didn't like it, at all, at all. As a result I am not feeling too dapper this Wednesday morning.
Off to browse t'internet for interesting recipes and to start planning our dinner (salivate).

Patricia xxx...x


  1. I'm doing this too and I found your blog after looking for recipe ideas. I'd be interested to follow up your progress! I'm doing day two tomorrow and agree that it's much easier to keep to calorie limit if carbs are reduced. good luck!

  2. Thanks for visiting, Mrs egg. Good luck to you too ! :)

  3. Great post and SNAP! I am also on the 5:2 diet too and am posting recipe ideas on my blog, but it is nice to see some more ideas here! GREAT! I have also made up a batch of soup and fruit salad, they have been the mainstays of my fast days, along with a prawn salad! GREAT to get more recipe ideas here, thanks, Karen

    1. Hello Karen !
      I'll be over to your blog soon to see what you've got cooking. ;)
      It certainly will keep me motivated,knowing that I'm not alone and can get ideas from fellow food bloggers.
      Patricia xxx...x

  4. I'm guessing you were watching the BBC as well :) Good luck with it. I will be interested to hear the results!

    1. I was watching it, and it seems I was not the only one. :)

  5. Doing this too. Thank you for the recipes for those of us who struggle to come up with good ideas for low-fat, low-carb foods.

    1. Thanks for visiting, pgtips. I've only recently started, but bear with me and I'll put up more recipes and ideas in the future.


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